Digital Archivist - WV & Regional History Center



The WV & Regional History Center in Libraries at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Digital Archivist. The Digital Archivist is responsible for all aspects of digital archives management and preservation at the West Virginia & Regional History Center (WVRHC). This position develops digital archives policies and procedures for materials given to and created by the WVRHC, based on best practices and professional standards and in collaboration with WVRHC and WVU Libraries faculty and staff. The Digital Archivist reports to the WVRHC Assistant Director.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Survey and assess existing digitized and born-digital materials in WVRHC collections.
  • Assess WVRHC needs for management and long-term preservation of digitized and born- digital materials.
  • Identify and select tools and systems for management, access, and preservation of digitized and born-digital content.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee policies and workflows for appraisal, ingest, accession, creation, arrangement, description, access, and preservation of digitized and born-digital materials. Provides guidance to WVRHC faculty and staff to implement workflows.
  • Analyze born-digital content for personally identifiable information and creates and implements workflows for redacting and/or restricting access to this information.
  • Continuously improve policies and procedures for management and preservation of digital materials.
  • Recommend and implement use of metadata schema, descriptive standards, and reparative description for digital archives.
  • In collaboration with faculty and staff, develops and maintains digital collections and projects.
  • Participate in evaluation of materials for digitization and provides guidance for digitization efforts.
  • Liaise with Library Systems Development and Infrastructure groups, Knowledge Access and Resource Management (KARM) Department, and WVU ITS and other relevant departments.
  • Maintain an understanding of current practices by participating in relevant professional development, research, and service activities.
  • Manage support staff including graduate assistants and student workers as needed.
  • Provide guidance and serve as a voice for digital preservation across WVU Libraries.


Qualifications :

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information sciences and/or Master’s degree in a related discipline. A minimum of three years of experience in archives or libraries with a concentration in managing born-digital and digitized materials.
  • Required Experience:
    • Experience in digitized and born-digital archives management and preservation practices, technologies, and tools.
    • Experience transferring born-digital content from legacy media.
    • Experience with digitization initiatives and digital projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and establish and meet goals.
    • Experience with content standards, metadata schema, and controlled vocabularies (e.g. DACS, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, PREMIS).
    • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
    • A high degree of technical facility, experience working in command line interfaces, and the demonstrated ability to learn new technical skills through research and self-study.
    • Cultural competency and interest in participating in discussions, initiatives, and collection development activities that reflect diversity and inclusion issues relevant to students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Desired Experience:
    • Experience with XML programming languages (XSLT, XPath, XQuery) and general scripting languages such as Python.
    • Experience with APIs.
    • Experience in project management.
    • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace.
  • Applicants should include a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and three (3) references.


At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu . View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu .

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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